In December, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka joined with the brass from the Division of Public Safety to announce drastic reduction in crime in the last year. But Baraka could have just as easily promoted Newark’s drop in crime over the last decade.
Since 2010, the big crime categories of murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft have declined by 51%.
In 2010, there were 91 homicides in Newark. The number of homicides rose to 112 in 2013 and fell in 2014 to 95 before rising to double digits in the next two years. In 2017, the number of homicides fell to 77 and has been on the decline ever since, with just 51 reported this year as of mid December.
The number of rapes has been on the rise over the decade. In New York, Mayor Bill DiBlasio has pointed to the #MeToo movement as the reason for more incidences of sexual assault being reported in New York.
While the number of robberies has declined by 62%, the number of assaults has remained persistent, climbing 2% since 2010. Burglaries, on the other hand, have declined more than 63% while auto thefts have plummeted by nearly 60%.
Source: Uniform Crime Reports - New Jersey State Attorney General and Newark Police Department
Note: Data for 2019 are preliminary through mid December.
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